As part of their programe to drive more diversity within the legal profession, Macfarlanes LLP held a Black History Month Special on the 24thof October.
Macfarlanes provided 15 mentors who spoke about the job opportunites at the firm and how they can be accessed.
For this event, Macfarlanes collaborated with Generation Success, a social enterprise that works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.
Generation Success works with organisations to change their diverse talent recruitment & retention practices.
This event was the 4thBlack History Month Special Generation Success has held.
Through their Black History Month Specials, Generation Success wants to raise the aspirations of BAME youth and to break the educational myth by:
- Highlighting BAME industry leaders to break the glass ceiling
- Informing audiences of what professional job opportunities are available and how they can enter them
- Increasing attendees social capital
The night’s event consisted of:
- Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
- Featured Speakers (BAME industry leaders)
- Q&A session with the featured speakers
- Networking session
At the event there were 30 mentors from Macfarlanes and Alix Partnersand 6 featured speakers.
The featured speakers were:
- Lorraine Wright, Director at UBS
- Rose St Louis, Head of Strategic Partnership at Zurich Insurance Ltd
- Elton Ndoma-Ogarr, Head of Diversity and inclusion at Alix Partners
- Jennifer Thomas, Director of Internal Communications & Experience at Direct Line Group
- Jat Bains, Partner at Macfarlanes
- Sophia Aluko, Head of Service Management at Barclays
This event attracted over a hundred attendees who were a mixture of students and professionals.
Generation Success’ past Black History Month Events have attracted 600 people in total.